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Installation view of paintings by Andisheh Avini at I-20
CHARLIE FINCH ARCHIVES

SIGNS OF LIFE ON WEST 23RD STREET
by Charlie Finch 6/17/05
The latest developments on Chelsea's new gold coast.


INVISIBLE MAN
by Charlie Finch 5/18/05
Reading the secrets of Jasper Johns’ new "Catenary" series.


AGAINST INTERPRETATION
by Charlie Finch 5/17/05
New paintings by Malcolm Morley and Judy Ledgerwood.


THE DECLINE AND FALL OF PAINTING
by Charlie Finch 4/27/05
The bad stuff is everywhere.


DANGER IS HER GAME
by Charlie Finch 4/20/05
Laurel Nakadate takes liberties.


TIME AND CHANGE
by Charlie Finch 4/4/05
New work by Robert Gober, Beth Campbell, Kevin Landers and Wayne Adams.


MAD MONEY
by Charlie Finch 3/17/05
New works by Lane Twitchell, plus a peek into a dealer's back room.


MORE, MORE, MORE!
by Charlie Finch 3/10/05
At the 2005 Armory Show, a volcanic pressure to buy.


TOOTHPASTE
by Charlie Finch 3/2/05
Gobs of art materialize to chase gobs of money.


 THE MUSEUM COMES TO US: ART IN 2050
by Charlie Finch 2/2/05
The forthcoming digital art world.


JOHNSON AND JOHNSON
by Charlie Finch 1/26/05
Philip Johnson, 1906-2005.


MORE AGROVATION
by Charlie Finch 1/20/05
Brooklyn painter Chuck Agro's blue-collar esthetic.


NEW YEAR, NEW STAR
by Charlie Finch 1/7/05
Introducing the postmodernist minimalist Anthony James.


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
by Charlie Finch 12/21/04
So little time, so much to buy.


LOST AND FOUND
by Charlie Finch 12/9/04
Dannielle Tegeder's dream landscapes.


MOMA WITH TEARS
by Charlie Finch 11/15/04
Moguls rule at the new Museum of Modern Art.


CHEAP THRILLS
by Charlie Finch 9/3/04
Previewing the hot stuff of fall 2004.


DOES DE KOONING MATTER?
by Charlie Finch 8/23/04
Taking the measure of the celebrated Abstract Expressionist.


BEND IT LIKE BECKWITH
by Charlie Finch 8/18/04
At American Fine Arts, Patterson Beckwith, our finest living photographer.


THE TRUMAN SHOW
by Charlie Finch 8/12/04
An art magazine from Condé Nast?


ART AND THE PRESIDENCY
by Charlie Finch 7/28/04
A grand subject no more.


WHY WEST IS THE BEST
by Charlie Finch 7/20/04
Easing into summer with Franz West's candy-colored sculptures at Lincoln Center.


ALL ABOUT THE BOY
by Charlie Finch 7/9/04
Brando and Reagan, together at last.


PICKING AND CHOOSING AT THE MET
by Charlie Finch 7/2/04
Hassam, Caravaggio, contemporary, more.


BUILD, BABY, BUILD
by Charlie Finch 6/23/04
If one of those ants stopped moving…


LET ME STAND NEXT TO YOUR FIRE
by Charlie Finch 6/3/04
Rough Justice for Saatchi and the YBAs?


IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE
by Charlie Finch 5/20/04
A mad market in troubled times.


HALLEY AND HARKNESS: TWO PRISONERS
by Charlie Finch 5/10/04
A veteran and an ingénue under the Mary Boone banner.


RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE
by Charlie Finch 4/23/04
A paean to painter Elizabeth Peyton


THE SOUL OF THE KOONS MACHINE
by Charlie Finch 4/14/04
Give the devil his due.


THE FACTORY OF THE PAST
by Charlie Finch 4/5/04
Identity is the siren call for young artists today.


WHERE ARE THE OUTSIZE PERSONALITIES OF YESTERYEAR?
by Charlie Finch 3/26/04
Art is inanimate -- and so are today's artists.


HOT TOYS FOR THE WEALTHY
by Charlie Finch 3/12/04
Good art for the wise, at the Armory Show in New York.


HAVING A WILD WHITNEY
by Charlie Finch 3/10/04
And a very conservative Biennial.


A BAG IS A BAG IS A BAG
by Charlie Finch 3/4/04
Alex Bag meets Paris Hilton.


GRACE VERSUS GRUNGE
by Charlie Finch 2/19/04
Junk expressionism rules the New York scene.


ASSUAGING THE ANXIETY OF ART
by Charlie Finch 2/5/04
The Whitney and yoga, now there's an idea.


A LIFE WITHOUT ART
by Charlie Finch 1/27/04
Houston Street, we have a problem.


BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL
by Charlie Finch 1/9/04
Iona Rozeal Brown opens at Spelman College in Atlanta.


WILL MOMA LOSE ITS SOUL?
by Charlie Finch 12/29/03
A new program for the Museum of Modern Art.


THE FRAUDULENCE OF MURAKAMI
by Charlie Finch 11/20/03
Let them eat handbags.


DEFENDING JOHN CURRIN
by Charlie Finch 11/10/03
Profound innovation makes him a "buy."


HAVING A WILD WEEKEND
by Charlie Finch 10/24/03
James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Man Ray, Adam Stennett, Jackie Gendel, more.


DIANE'S BLUES
by Charlie Finch 10/16/03
Another look at Diane Arbus.


LITTLE BIG MAN
by Charlie Finch 10/8/03
The Mike Weiss story gets a new chapter.


REFORMING THE AUCTION MARKET
by Charlie Finch 9/15/03
A modest proposal.


WILD IN THE STREETS
by Charlie Finch 9/10/03
The fall art scene gets under way in Chelsea.


WISH LIST FOR THE DOG DAYS
by Charlie Finch 8/14/03
Suggestions for new Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg.


DECIPHERING BECKMANN
by Charlie Finch 7/17/03
Spiritual transfiguration in Max Beckmann's work.


TART AND SUCTION
by Charlie Finch 6/19/03
A dyspeptic look at the new Art and Auction magazine.


THE PASSION OF MAXWELL ANDERSON
by Charlie Finch 6/11/03
A successor list grows in the art world.


ONES IN LOVE WITH AMY
by Charlie Finch 5/22/03
Amy Myers' shaman-like obsession with drawing.


ART AND FASCISM
by Charlie Finch 5/15/03
Don't check your judgment at the door.


TWELVE WAYS TO LOOK AT A READYMADE
by Charlie Finch 5/7/03
Marcel Duchamp's ever-mutating disciples.


ARIEL PROSPERS
by Charlie Finch 4/29/03
Photo dealer Ariel Meyerowitz opens in Chelsea.


THE ESTHETICS OF IRAQ
by Charlie Finch 4/15/03
A radical proposal for reshaping the Middle East.


'TIS A PUZZLEMENT
by Charlie Finch 4/7/03
Girls on the prowl in Maria's Marshall's Puzzle Fit.


THE NEXT BIG THING
by Charlie Finch 4/2/03
Alex McQuilkin's provocative DVD performances.


THE BIZARRO ART WORLD OF THE NEW YORK TIMES
by Charlie Finch 3/21/03
Advertising advice for Chelsea dealers.


THE ARMORY SHOW RUNS ITS COURSE
by Charlie Finch 3/7/03
It was more fun at the Gramercy Hotel.


WHEN YOUR FRIENDS MAKE ART
by Charlie Finch 3/5/03
George Negroponte, Deborah Brown, Angelina Nasso, more.


MATTHEW, MICHAEL AND MILLIONAIRE: A THREE-WAY
by Charlie Finch 2/24/03
A parody for three characters.


LIFE GETS HARDER SAYS MALERIE MARDER
by Charlie Finch 2/18/03
The artist's new At Rest DVD premieres at Salon 94.


PATISSE MICASSO
by Charlie Finch 2/12/03
All sense of museoidentity disappears.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG, ART MORON
by Charlie Finch 2/5/03
The mindless indulgence of grotesque art circuses.


THE WORLD BELONGS TO LISA
by Charlie Finch 1/28/03
A studio visit with painter Lisa Ruyter.


THOUGHTS ON THE PASSING SCENE
by Charlie Finch 1/23/03
Kevin Landers, John Chamberlain, Tim Gardner, Jay Davis, Dan Kopp, Red Dot, Alex Katz, and more.


MORE RACIST THAN TRENT LOTT
by Charlie Finch 1/10/03
Apartheid in the art world.


THE STATE OF CRITICISM, 2003
by Charlie Finch 1/6/03
A feckless, sorry, compromised one, to be sure.


A SPRINKLING OF DIAMONDS
by Charlie Finch 12/13/02
A wealth of new art in the Chelsea galleries.


SHUFFLING THE DECKCHAIRS
by Charlie Finch 12/10/02
Time for a new view of 20th-century art.


JACKIE OH!
by Charlie Finch 11/25/02
Jackie Gendel stands out at White Columns.


SEAN ON MARINA
by Charlie Finch 11/20/02
Dealer Kelly discusses artist Abramovic.


LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS
by Charlie Finch 11/15/02
An all-but-secret triumph from David Hammons.


STARIN' AT KARIN
by Charlie Finch 11/11/02
Candied colors from painter Karin Davie.


HEART OF DARKNESS
by Charlie Finch 11/7/02
Afrika's chilling installation recreates an Al Qaeda attack.


ROBERTA REVIEWS ROBERTA
by Charlie Finch 10/28/02
The biggest show in town.


ART VERSUS EVIL
by Charlie Finch 10/21/02
Art's role in troubled times.


FOR SALE: THE OBJECT RETURNS
by Charlie Finch 10/11/02
Paul McCarthy, Paul Feeley, Peter Cain . . . and Oriana Fallaci.


MY FAVORITE ARTIST
by Charlie Finch 10/4/02
Get ready for something new from Marina Abramovic.


EMINENT DOMAIN
by Charlie Finch 9/27/02
Tracey Emin should move to New York.


IT IS TIME, ONCE AGAIN, TO KILL THE PAST
by Charlie Finch 9/20/02
For 10 years, contemporary art has been the vanguard of youthful expression in the arts.


THE QUEEN RETURNS
by Charlie Finch 9/13/02
Mary Boone opens two new shows.


BORED TO TEARS
by Charlie Finch 9/11/02
Artforum celebrates ten years under editor Jack Bankowsky.


A WALLOW IN THE HOLLOW
by Charlie Finch 9/3/02
Infections of the international curatorial weltanschauung.


ART VS. THE ARTIST
by Charlie Finch 8/23/02
Remembering Larry Rivers.


CRISIS IN CONTEMPORARY?
by Charlie Finch 8/16/02
If enough paint falls in the forest, and nobody is there to buy it...


PRELUDE TO 9/11
by Charlie Finch 8/2/02
Afrika to present Al-Qaeda tape from Chechnya.


THE 21st-CENTURY MUSEUM
by Charlie Finch 7/24/02
Hanging on the edge of a sharp precipice.


BASEBALL'S OBSCURE OBJECTS OF DESIRE
by Charlie Finch 7/10/02
A slow game in a fast world.


BOFFO MOMA QNS SRO FOR MADDING CROWD
by Charlie Finch 6/28/02
A report from the June 27 opening.


LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ART
by Charlie Finch 6/27/02
For the summer in New York, Kelly Lamb's Love Not Lost.


REMEMBERING HOLLY SOLOMON
by Charlie Finch 6/19/02
A fond farewell to the pioneering art dealer.


MATTHEW BARNEY: THE BIG LIE
by Charlie Finch 6/11/02
Is the Cremaster Creator a Charlatan?


FOR THE BIRDS
by Charlie Finch 5/28/02
On Ed Ruscha's 1960s aviary.


MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
by Charlie Finch 5/21/02
Collector choices in the market for photography and new art.


NICE BRICE, MEET CRUISIN' SUSAN
by Charlie Finch 5/17/02
New paintings from Susan Rothenberg and Brice Marden.


FROM HARLEM TO MOMA
by Charlie Finch 5/7/02
The beautiful Harlem Flophouse, plus intrigue at MoMA.


THE ABSTRACT IMPERATIVE
by Charlie Finch 4/25/02
An argument for the continuing importance of abstract art.


ART AND STARDOM
by Charlie Finch 4/12/02
Julian Schnabel and the century of celebrity.


VIDEO CHOICES
by Charlie Finch 3/29/02
Kiki Seror, Annika Larsson, Jeremy Blake, Jonathan Calm.


LEO: WHAT'S HAPPENING?
by Charlie Finch 3/21/02
Keonig's downtown success story.


A WHITNEY DRINKING SONG
by Charlie Finch 3/14/02
Or, Gertrude's Lament.


THE PRISONERS OF SEX
by Charlie Finch 3/7/02
New shows in New York by Cecily Brown, Kiki Seror, Su-en Wong and Vanessa Beecroft.


SWEET ARMORY
by Charlie Finch 2/22/02
Better than ever in 2002.


GOODNIGHT, MoMA
by Charlie Finch 2/21/02
The Gerhard Richter retrospective closes out a pre-expansion MoMA.


WAITING FOR GERHARD
by Charlie Finch 1/30/02
Gerhard Richter yearns for the eternal return.


TURN 'EM LOOSE, BRUCE
by Charlie Finch 1/14/02
Bruce Nauman maps the studio.


IT'S A NEW DAWN
by Charlie Finch 1/7/02
What's up in the art world in 2002.


DEE GLASOE GETS NEW
by Charlie Finch 12/11/01
Chelsea's best-kept secret.


MY OWN PRIVATE BIENNIAL
by Charlie Finch 11/28/01
A response to Larry Rinder's list.


THE CHIEF
by Charlie Finch 11/12/01
The fireman in the window of Deitch Projects.


WHAT NOW?
by Charlie Finch 10/26/01
Going through the motions in the center of world contemporary art.


IS WESTERN CULTURE WORTH FIGHTING FOR?
by Charlie Finch 10/4/01
Time to restore the songs of New York.


DAY OF TERROR
by Charlie Finch 9/20/01
Art news from the front.


OPENING NIGHT
by Charlie Finch 9/7/01
The new art season opens in New York.


PUBLIC BENJAMIN
by Charlie Finch 8/30/01
Benjamin Edwards paints the autoscape.


THE NEW SEASON
by Charlie Finch 8/14/01
Contemporary galleries drive the art world.


VIDEO KILLED THE INTERNET STAR
by Charlie Finch 7/27/01
Quiet is the video event of the summer.


TEA FOR THIEBAUD
by Charlie Finch 7/20/01
A bakery, full of creamy pies.


HICKEY THE PHONY
by Charlie Finch 7/16/01
The art crowd eats it up.


LOUISE
by Charlie Finch 6/28/01
A poem for Louise Bourgeois' spiders at Rockefeller Center.


AGAINST CATTELAN
by Charlie Finch 6/19/01
Maurizio Cattelan's lounge act.


THE GEM IN THE BACK
by Charlie Finch 6/6/01
A gang of girls takes over Silverstein Gallery.


AMENABLE ANGEL
by Charlie Finch 5/24/01
The visual confections of East Los Angeles artist Eduardo Sarabia.


BAD ART MAKES A COMEBACK
by Charlie Finch 5/8/01
How "branding" perpetuates painterly stasis.


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
by Charlie Finch 5/2/01
A Rosenquist is a Rosenquist is a Rosenquist. Or is it a Koons?


LOOKING DOWN ON MAN'S BEST FRIEND
by Charlie Finch 4/23/01
Deborah Brown's canine paintings at Cheryl Pelavin.


TWO ESKIMOS
by Charlie Finch 4/4/01
The cold new world of Will Cotton and Damian Loeb.


SIGNS OF LIFE ON 26TH STREET
by Charlie Finch 3/23/01
New work by Justine Kurland and Maria Marshall in West Chelsea.


HERE, MY DEAR, VERMEER
by Charlie Finch 3/13/01
A poem for the old Dutch treat.


THIRSTY FOR GURSKY
by Charlie Finch 3/2/01
The Museum of Modern Art's retrospective of German photog Andreas Gursky.


INVASION OF THE ARMORY
by Charlie Finch 2/23/01
The Armory Show 2001 opens in New York, Feb. 22-26.


LEO AND LISA, LATHER AND LIGHT
by Charlie Finch 2/15/01
New paintings by Lisa Ruyter at Leo Koenig in Tribeca.


NORMAN DUBROW GIVES IT AWAY
by Charlie Finch 2/2/01
A profile of the savvy contemporary art collector.


STEVE MUMFORD PAINTS A PICTURE
by Charlie Finch 1/12/01
A day in the life of New York art, 2001.


ART WILL SURVIVE, AND THRIVE, ON THE NET
by Charlie Finch 1/4/01
Contemporary art has a rosy future on the Internet.


GREETINGS FRIENDS
by Charlie Finch 12/22/00
Once more Santa rides his sleigh...


KRENZYMANDIAS
by Charlie Finch 12/15/00
I met a curator from antique land...


RAUSCHENBERG'S LONG GOODBYE
by Charlie Finch 12/8/00
Robert Rauschenberg's "Apogamy Pods."


THE GREATEST SHOWMAN IN ART
by Charlie Finch 12/4/00
Jeffrey Deitch gives us Vanessa Beecroft, Wang Du, more.


MARY BOONE'S CHELSEA TRIUMPH
by Charlie Finch 11/16/00
An A-list space for an A-list dealer.


BLUES FOR ERIK PARKER
by Charlie Finch 11/3/00
Where my dogs at?


JUDD'S TWILIGHT QUEST FOR PERFECTION
by Charlie Finch 10/26/00
Challenging assumptions about American Minimalism.


CLOSED ENDS AT MOMA
by Charlie Finch 10/24/00
The new installation at the Museum of Modern Art comes signed and sealed.


A SOVIET FLYBOY PINES FOR THE WILSON SISTERS
by Charlie Finch 10/6/00
For Jane and Louise.


THE SLOW DEATH OF DAMIEN HIRST
by Charlie Finch 10/4/00
Hirst goes down the garden path to chaos.


WINSOME ART STAR
by Charlie Finch 9/21/00
The Saint Reverend Jen combats the bourgeois blues.


BRUTAL NUDES
by Charlie Finch 9/18/00
David Smith's "Last Nudes" at Gagosian in New York.


THE REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE NUDE
by Charlie Finch 9/8/00
Katy Grannan's "Dream America" photographs.


SEASON'S GREETINGS
by Charlie Finch 9/6/00
The New York art world starts afresh.


PAT HEARN
by Charlie Finch 8/21/00
A poem in memory of the late dealer.


METAMORPHOSIS IN CHELSEA
by Charlie Finch 8/11/00
Enjoying the New York art world's summer of success.


HOW TO FIRE A MOMA DIRECTOR
by Charlie Finch 7/28/00
One solution to the PASTA strike.


GE-GNOMES
by Charlie Finch 6/30/00
Creating souls for third-millennium machines.


PUPPY CHOW
by Charlie Finch 6/16/00
A poem on Jeff Koons' new topiary at Rockefeller Center.


MOMA SHITS PASTA
by Charlie Finch 6/5/00
A few words on the staff strike at the Museum of Modern Art.

WILD KINGDOM
by Charlie Finch 5/23/00
Is Steve Mumford any good? Plus, a quiz.

MR. KITSCH
by Charlie Finch 5/19/00
A poem on the occassion of "1900" at the Guggenheim Museum.

FABRICATION: SLAVERY OF THE ART WORLD?
by Charlie Finch 5/11/00
All those poor artist's assistants.

HOWL AGAIN!
by Charlie Finch 4/26/00
A poem on Vanessa Beecroft and the art world's encounter with the military.

STRANGE TIMES IN DEITCHLAND
by Charlie Finch 4/14/00
Avant-garde adventures of art dealer Jeffrey Deitch.

PIPILOTTIPOETRI
by Charlie Finch 4/11/00
A verse from Artnet's poet laureate on the occasion of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist's first solo show in New York.

BYE BYE, BIENNIAL
by Charlie Finch 3/29/00
A poetic look at the big Whitney show.

THE DUCHAMP SOCIETY
by Charlie Finch 3/24/00
A peculiar review of Francis Naumann's new study of Marcel Duchamp.

SENSURRONDINONE
by Charlie Finch 3/22/00
Ugo Rondinone's mesmerizing videodrome at Matthew Marks.

SOCK IT TO ME AGAIN AT P.S.1
by Charlie Finch
3/3/00
"Greater New York" hits Long Island City.

HAVE AIRBRUSH, WILL COTTON
by Charlie Finch
2/25/00
Paintings for the sweet tooth by the New York City artist.

ONE MORE THOUGHT ON CECILY BROWN
by Charlie Finch
2/18/00
A look at the paintings.

ALEX BAGS TAYLOR WOOD
by Charlie Finch
1/28/00
Time for a tea party.

THOUGHTS ON CECILY'S OPENING
by Charlie Finch
1/14/00
A poem.


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